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TE Jacob Tamme - Atlanta Falcons

6-3, 236Born: 3-15-1985College: KentuckyDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 30): Leonard Hankerson being hurt has moved Tamme up in the pecking order for targets, and matchups against Carolina in Weeks 14 and 16 could make him even more important while Julio Jones is tasked with getting free of Josh Norman. Consider Tamme a borderline TE1 for the stretch run.

Week 13: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at SF 61 6 61 0 0 6.1
11 vs IND 54 1 16 0 0 1.6
12 vs MIN 53 5 69 0 0 6.9
13 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
13 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 12 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)

Beyond some targets during the final minutes of the first half, Tamme's most significant gains came in garbage time against wide zones. His closest opportunity for big-time points came on a fourth-and-goal post route in the back of the end zone that he failed to snare.

2015 Week 11 vs IND (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

His first catch got Atlanta in the red zone on a crossing route for nearly 20 and close to the Colts 10, but that first catch came in the second half. Tamme's only other target was a crosser that he dropped in the mid-fourth quarter.

2015 Week 9 vs SF (10 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)

Matt Ryan nearly cost his second-most productive receiver playing time on a 2nd and 4 throw where he delivered the ball well behind the TE. Tamme made the adjustment to the ball and he was nailed in the side of the lower leg. After limping back to the huddle he was able to shake it off and deliver a solid day in terms of targets and yardage. Even so Ryan missed Tamme on a short seam route where he threw the ball a little behind the receiver and the pass was knocked loose. The most successful targets were to the shallow flat for 4-6 yards that replaced the outside running game and San Francisco seemed contend to allow. Tamme's biggest gain came up the left seam where he juggled the target thrown off a play-action boot leg, but then came down with it to work his way inside the 49ers 20. During the second half Tamme dropped a 3rd and 22 target after the defender wrapped him. He also got Atlanta inside the 49ers 10 late in the game with a nice run after the catch with 5:00 left. He bounced off two hits for 5-6 yards after the catch in the middle of the field.

2015 Week 8 vs TB (12 / 10 / 103 / 1 rec)

As stated her for at least the last three weeks, Tamme's usage has been growing weekly and the tight end would have scored multiple times last week if not for some inaccurate throws from Matt Ryan against Tennessee. This week, Tamme and Ryan finally connected without issue. Tamme caught a 3rd and 6 shallow cross between two defenders for 7 and then an out on 3rd and 7 for 6. As the third option, Tamme got open on a short crosser with Ryan rolling right and throwing across his body to find the tight end for a 3rd and 1 on a designed bootleg. In the third quarter, Ryan found Tamme for a first down in the flat and then came multiple quick-hitting passes up the middle that riddled the Buccaneers defense, including an 18-yard gain, a 10-yard gain later to the Tampa 16, and then a touchdown between the linebackers caught at the goal line.

2015 Week 7 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

If not for two inaccurate passes, Tamme had a strong chance of scoring twice in this game. The target counts for Tamme have climbed since September. He earned eight yards ona quick out to begin the second series and later a short out for four yards. He also caught a wheel route on one of Matt Ryan's best throws of the day for Tamme's longest gain of the day. Tamme earned a step on the safety on a fade to the left side of the end zone during the first half, but Ryan underthrew Tamme by two steps and the defender was allowed back into the play and given perfect position to defend the ball. There was also a 3rd and goal pass to the middle of the end zone from the one that was behind Tamme and intercepted in the fourth quarter. Despite the failures to connect in the red zone, the targets are coming and the strategy is to leverage Tamme for bigger plays.

2015 Week 6 vs NO (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' tight end made timely plays and earned more targets. He's becoming a more active option in this passing game. He's not just earning check-downs to the flats, which he earned at the end of the first quarter for a short gain. He made a great catch on deep cross in tight coverage and then diving play for a first down. Look for Tamme and Ryan to continue to develop this connection moving forward.

2015 Week 5 vs WAS (10 / 8 / 94 / 0 rec)

Atlanta went to Tamme early and often, but the results were just good enough to move the chains and not much more. There as a good backside slant to Tamme off a short play fake and throw behind the underneath zone for a gain of 25. Tamme was an arm tackle away from a longer gain, maybe a score but he lacks that kind of skill after the catch. He managed to high-point the ball at the right sideline for five yards during the second series and then caught a crossing route on third down for the conversion. Tamme earned another check-down after a Washington sack of Ryan during the second series for a short gain. But Ryan missed Tamme on a slant in the third series on a wide-open slant with draw action and Tamme dropped a 3rd and 9 comeback in the flat after a nice job of Ryan flushing left from the pocket to make the throw on the run to the red zone. Tamme also made a catch turing the two-minute drill to set up a field goal and late in the game, a fourth-down catch with 0:13 left to set up a field goal. The Falcons will need Tamme to continue making plays of this kind, but without a fully healthy Jones, defenses will be more confident with sitting on these routes.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Tamme suffered a head injury during his first target after Sean Lee delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit over the middle on a crossing route for eight yards. Tamme was assisted off the field on this second quarter target and did not return.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme was the third leading receiving option for the Falcons on Sunday but owes a lot of his production to excellent play call/design. Tamme's first two catches were simple curl and quick in patterns over the middle, taking advantage of soft defense by New York. Tamme was then able to get wide open after excellent play action fake by Matt Ryan and pick up a first down. Tamme also was able to unravel down the field and take the Falcons out of their own endzone. Tamme blocked initially at the line of scrimmage before running downfield with no defender in his vicinity, allowing a big pass play to occur. Tamme owes this in large part to good play design by Atlanta but showed reliable hands also. With only 4 catches, it can be tough to trust Tamme as a fantasy option however. Ryan will be so heavily focused on Jones and Hankerson for the most part of the season but Tamme may be able to sneak in a solid yet unspectacular performance like this in the future.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Tamme earned a grand total of three targets and all were short throws on crossers, flats, and seam routes. He was not a factor in this game beyond these selected targets.


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